Champions League Twenty20 2012

Champions League T20 could move to South Africa

Firdose Moonda

May 31, 2012

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The Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20), the most lucrative club cricket tournament in the world, could possibly be moved to South Africa. Cricket South Africa acting CEO Jacques Faul told ESPNcricinfo, "It could be a possibility [that SA will host] but we will only know later in June. There are problems with the IPL qualifiers venues for the CLT20 but there has been no final decision yet." Faul has returned from a CLT20 governing council meeting in India which was held in Chennai after the end of the IPL.

Faul is one of the members of the CLT20 governing council, replacing the previous CEO Gerald Majola, who is suspended pending disciplinary action. Following the governing council meeting, there has been no formal announcement of the 2012 CLT20 other than the two on Twitter by Sundar Raman, a member of the CLT20 technical committee. The first Tweet said Sialkot Stallions of Pakistan would be invited to take part in the IPL, the first time a Pakistani team would be competing in the event. The second said the dates for the tournament would only be released by the end of June.

ESPNcricinfo understands that talks of moving the CLT20 to South Africa were driven by several reasons, including the Indian monsoons and a five-day festival in the east of the country. Late last week, Times of India had reported that the tournament would take place in India from October 10-28 over five venues: Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi. Kolkata had lost out on hosting matches during the latter half of the tournament as the entire state of West Bengal would shut down for the Durga Puja holiday from October 20 to 25.

In the 2011 CLT20, a six-team qualifier leg was held for the first time with the fourth-place finisher from the IPL, the national T20 champions from New Zealand and West Indies, a team from Sri Lanka and two teams from England competing for three qualifying spots. The total prize money on offer was $6m with the winner earning $2.5m. The event was won by Mumbai Indians.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by AzAb12754 on (June 3, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

The Champions League of T20 is a mere joke in fact the ratings are no where near to IPL and is failing each year with sponsorships, merchandise etc and only a matter of time before the Champions Cricket League is out of business.

Posted by Mayan_Mahbub on (June 3, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Most people of the Bangladesh won't watch CLT20. Because there is no team of Bangladesh. Dhaka Gladiator is a good team. But I think Shakib of KKR will drag some Bangladeshis.

Posted by Meety on (June 3, 2012, 1:44 GMT)

@tanstell87 - nice conspiracy theory, except Oz cricket grounds become football grounds for most of the year. We had the Super Test & ODIs as compensation for having no ICC tournaments. @rahulcricket007 - yes & who won the last Commonwealth Games? @Cpt.Meanster - as others have said, the Football codes start in February in Oz. Cricket gets bumped off the back pages with little column space. Super 15s (Rugby Union), NRL (Rugby League), AFL (Ozzy Rules) dominate all sports reporting right thru to the end of September, October is a bit of no-man's land as the League has 4-Nations Internationals on, Bathurst (Car racing) is the big event & we also have the build up to the Melbourne Cup (Horse Racing, Spring carnival) at the start of November. The big 3 footy codes are so popular - Soccer gets played thru summer to get some form of oxygen. So there is little to no chance of Oz ever hosting a large cricket event outside of Dec to Feb, late Nov maybe, Oct is remote.

Posted by Abaa on (June 2, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Four teams from the IPL can possibly end up playing in the tournament while no teams might turn up representing the countries like England, Sri Lanka, West Indies or New Zealand :-O I can understand if the qualifier was for teams from countries like Zimbabwe, Ireland of Bangladesh. But it is not so. It is hilarious to see some of the comments demanding a team from the Bangladesh League. First they should pay up the players that actually played in the tournament! There's a qualifier for teams from superior test player nations like England, Sri Lanka, West Indies or New Zealand and here they are wanting the Bangladeshi team to take part!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Lolx Dhaka Gladiator, imagine yourself without Imran Nazir and others coz they will be representing Sialkot not Dhaka :P

Posted by vrn59 on (June 2, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

Haha, the Indian teams will definitely lose in SA! The local 'stars' will never be able to adjust to the bouncy wickets. Just imagine Sehwag slicing his first ball to backward point, hahaha!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

better luck next time indian haha

Posted by ashimseye on (June 2, 2012, 7:14 GMT)


Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 2, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

@mitcher . and we r also dominating in many sports . in the commonwealth games we were finished second . also our engineers , economists , doctors are world famous . half of the silicon valley population in usa is indian .

Posted by Mitcher on (June 2, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster: Where to start with such an I'll informed comment? Firstly, the ACB hasn't existed for years. Further, almost all the major cricket grounds are taken over by football during winter. You see, unlike India, we actually are interested other sports. So while India's 1billion-plus devote themselves to being average at cricket. Australians have wider interests and still manage to dominate the world stage in many fields.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Trinidad have a really good side if there ipl players dicide to play for them........... pollard, bravo, cooper, narine......... i think the ipl side will be very weak if these players dont play for them.....

Posted by serious-am-i on (June 1, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

wth!! Have I read it rite ? Sialkot going to play in IPL or was that supposed to be CLT20 ? If its going to be in IPL the remaining franchises aren't going to sit quiet for sure. Come on Ban friends please have realistic plans you are jumping off the ships too much wanting a team from BPL. Its not going to happen for now so no need to drag this topic again and again. Btw! honestly who is going to watch this CLT20 ?? Any one ? I highly doubt so. Previous CLT20's have been utter flops I do not see a bright prospect on this upcoming one either, this is not soccer this is cricket we are talking about.

Posted by skepticaloptimist on (June 1, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

@SirViv1973 - By your rationale about Rahulcricket's comment, the West Indians should have stopped watching any form of cricket about 10 years ago!

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

We want BPL champion Dhaka Gladiators in the CLT20

Posted by IbrahimRana on (June 1, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

We want a team from Bangladesh, at least to play qualifier. It will be injustice, if CL tournament committee do not let us play in CLT20.

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Indian circus is just over. Now we expect international circus in another 4 months time.

Zahidsaltin: Before the start of the circus, you predicted the ring master?

Posted by Riderstorm on (June 1, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Champions league is supposed to be held at various countries every year. By restricting it to india, the novelty is lost and the chance for the domestic teams to earn global following. I hope the BCCI understand this.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

so wat CSK is gonna win with the quality of players they have CSK forever

Posted by SirViv1973 on (June 1, 2012, 7:17 GMT)


your only saying that because India can't win one!

Posted by OkyaBokya on (June 1, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

@ brittop..If you dont care then why are you even bothered to comment? if you dont like it, just leave it.

Posted by skepticaloptimist on (June 1, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

Many people don't care; that's great. But then, why on earth are those persons opening this page and taking the time to say that they don't care. The fact that they are reading this and writing that they don't care shows that they do care.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

What are CLT20 Qualify Teams ? You should give a chance to MI

Posted by Rajeev129 on (June 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

This is fantastic news for DARE DEVILS. With the quality of bowling attack thy have South Africa is the best place for them ROCK, if not Perth / Brisbane.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 1, 2012, 5:26 GMT)


Posted by Gizza on (June 1, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, nobody in Australia would care that the games are hed in cold weather (but they won't be anyway, October is Australian spring). But the main thing is that Australian follows other sports at this time. Cricket in mainly a summer game in Australia. October still might be later enough though. September is definitely a no-go zone since thats the finals time for the two major domestic football leagues (Aussie rules and rugby league).

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (May 31, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Silkot will be clear favourites if CL is played in India but an arrangement in SA could give different winners

Posted by CommanderShepherd on (May 31, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

Get rid of this garbage for real.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

No,please move to australia.SAfrica in CLT2O does not work..

Posted by 30-30-150 on (May 31, 2012, 22:51 GMT)

@Sehwagologist - Southee? He is not contracted to CSK anymore.... @brittop - I do. You are in a tiny minority.....

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (May 31, 2012, 22:45 GMT)

Why can't this tournament be held in Australia ???? just cause it's winter for them ?! hahahahahah... no kidding. I am a Canadian and you need to come to Canada to witness our winters. Now THAT's a real winter !! Australian winters pass as a Canadian summer LOL. So that excuse should be pushed out of the window. The ACB are probably just too arrogant to host a tournament that has a 99% Indian inception to it. But they will take all the money through their teams... oh yeah ! SA have already had their shot by hosting it once. It better be in India, the home of the IPL and CL OR it should be moved to a new location. Even the UAE would be a good venue.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (May 31, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Who cares where they host it, the tournament is a joke in it's current format & is ridiculously biased toward ipl teams. If the tournament wants a shred of creditably it should do the following: shld be a 16 team event with 4 pools of 4 teams with a round robin then, Qf,Sf & final. the teams shld come from the following 3ipl, 2 Aus, 2SAF,2Eng,1Pak,1Win 1NZL,1SRL,1Ban,1Zim the 16th spot shld be given as an extra spot to the lge who produce the winners from the previous season i.e if Mumbai win then a 4th ipl team would qualify nxt season. hosting should be rotated at least between Ind, Aus & SAF. Players should be made to play for their home team i.e if T&T qualify Pollard can only play for them not MI or any other team who has qualified who he has played for.

Posted by brittop on (May 31, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Who cares? .................

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

The best thing to happen to CLT20...

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (May 31, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

Still Csk and DD favourites as they have hilfenhaus,bollinger,southee and morkel,yadav,aaron but csk with its depth and versatility is just too good they won in 2010 in SA KKR and their cocky leader be ready for a walloping from MSD and co.

Posted by nandwani88 on (May 31, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

the tournament will be what it should be about: A champion of Champions!!!

Posted by nandwani88 on (May 31, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

And why play it in India? I understand that they are the richest board and blah blah blah. But for once, can't they do something in the interest of cricket rather than for themselves? Everyone knows pitches in India don't make for fair cricket. South Africa, England, and Australia would make for MUCH better venues, in terms of pure cricket. And before anyone starts talking about crowds and all of that, let me just say that crowds at the actual game are much better in South Africa than India, especially if the games are between teams that are not from that place. And if there is just 1 team from each country, as it should be, then the IPL team would never last long anyway. Then the tournament crowds would just drop dramatically. India is good for television viewers. Which btw, they will still get no matter where it is held. So do the right thing, and hold it in a country where the cricket will be great (not just bashing bowlers! That's just disgraceful) and

Posted by nandwani88 on (May 31, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

I don't understand. This is so unfair. Why do 4 teams get to play from India? And only 1 from some other places? And then, on top of that, those teams have to play qualifiers? Doesn't seem like a world tournament if 4 teams from IpL make it, and none from NZ, Pak, SL, or WI. When the concept originally came out, I thought it was an awesome idea because I assumed it would be just the domestic champions from each country. A champions league! Champion of champions. Not runners up, and then third place, and then fourth place! Ridiculous mon!

Posted by BONG_IN_CHENNAI on (May 31, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

BCCi should start planning roof-top covered stadiums to take care of monsoon.

One each such facility, in the top 4-5 metros would do wonders to the game..

Posted by bluetrail on (May 31, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Why in South Africa..good grounds, amicable relations with CSA and importantly....timezone :-)

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

will clt20 2012 include a team from BPL???

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

If Trinidad IPL cricketers play for Trinidad they will win the CLT20 2012...A. Bharath, L.Simmons, Young Bravo, Big Bravo , K. Pollard , J. Mohammed, D. Ramdhin, K.Cooper, R. Rampaul, S. Narine, S. Badree... this is one of the best t20 teams in the world...

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

BCCI should also keep in mind the prospective of the general public before shifting , who come all the way to the stadium watching their players live leaving behind their important work and also buying the costly tickets even if they are getting in black.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

As my gut feeling says it is UNLIKELY to happen but being a die hard DD fan I would like this to happen. Would be a pleasure watching DD's fast bowling attack consisting of fast bowlers like :- Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel and Varun Aaron running hard, generating good pace and playing with batsmen's emotions on FAST and BOUNCY tracks of SA. Warner, KP, Taylor & even Aaron Finch will just love playing there as spinners won't have much role to play. Can't ask for anything better.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 31, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

its ridiculous. teams who become third in IPL will go straight to the league, without any qualifier. the teams who win the t20 league in west indies who produce the best t20 players in the world will have to play the qualifiers and go to the league. there is already 4 IPL teams are participating. so why dont you just send top 2 ipl teams to league and the last two to the qualifier.

Posted by squarepeg on (May 31, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

This is a good option. Post-monsoon, making good pitches will be impossible.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 31, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

I think this CLT20 should be rotated across all test playing nations. Not fair to have it only in India and South Africa.

Posted by tanstell87 on (May 31, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

this tournament is supposed to be organised by 3 boards(BCCI-CSA & CA)...India hosted CL T20 in 2009 with South Africa in 2010 & India again in South Africa intends to host it this year....but there is one question - why doesn't Australia host it ??? they haven't hosted any ICC tournament since 1992 World Cup....& while India tours Australia only once in 4 years...Australia plays in India every alternate year...guess Cricket Australia doesn't want any players to adapt on their fast and bouncy wickets & hence decide against hosting ICC tournaments !

Posted by mjanjua on (May 31, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Wasn't the possible invitation to Sialkot Stallions relating to the participation in the Champions League rather than IPL?

Posted by allieeb on (May 31, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Go Kolkata Go........SRK always always welcome.....specially in the most beautiful & friendly city of Cape Town.......can't wait

Posted by Shan--IND on (May 31, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

The first Tweet said Sialkot Stallions of Pakistan would be invited to take part in the IPL...??? CLT20 not IPL...

Posted by fatier on (May 31, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Why in South Africa..?Why not Australia or any other?

Posted by Gauravjit on (May 31, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

That will be good for DD out of IPL trio. With Morkel and rest of pace battery those conditions will suit them more than KKR and CSK.

Posted by VIKUN on (May 31, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

Is there any chance for RCB in CLt20 2012?

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 31, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

So since CLT20 is owned by BCCI,CA,CSA-it'll take place in only INDIA,AUS,SA...! Spectators will be there making the stadium a full packed but in the guise of empty seats..hehe lol

Posted by siddharth_r2001 on (May 31, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Why are Hyderabad & Bangalore the possible venues? Those 2 teams did not even finish in the top 4 of the IPL and hence cannot even play the CLT20 qualifier. Given that Mumbai Indians will play the qualifier as the 4th IPL team, shouldn't the 4 venues for the CLT20 be Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi & Mumbai (assuming the event stays in India)? Or is it because Shah Rukh Khan is banned from the Wankhede Stadium?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

"The first Tweet said Sialkot Stallions of Pakistan would be invited to take part in the IPL"

Its CLT20 not IPL.

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